Tony & Veasna
Tony & Veasna
Race of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: TX
Dear Expectant Mother,
Let us start by saying thank you for reading through our profile.We know you have a difficult decision to make, and we hope that we can help make it easier, so let us tell you what your baby’s life would be like if you decided on us to be your adoptive couple.
Most importantly, we would let the child develop into whoever he or she wants to be; both of us were raised without being told who or what we should be, and every child deserves the same thing. Amia has blossomed before our eyes into a strong and independent little girl, and she has made both the both of us better people in the process. Veasna speaks Cambodian, Tony speaks French, and all three of us speak baby sign and English.
We are animated by our desire for equal rights for everyone, no matter their sex, color, religion, or sexual orientation, so no matter what you can know your child will be treated fairly and be given an equal shot at life. Regardless of what he or she wants to do in life, the sky's the limit, and we will never tell them otherwise. We cannot wait to teach another child about how the world has changed, and will continue to change, if you’re willing to fight for it.
We were both born and raised in Southern California, but Tony moved to Texas at age 13, then moved back to California at 20. Shortly thereafter, we met while Tony was working as a Store Manager for Goodwill and Veasna came in shopping for Halloween clothes. In 2008, a new job opportunity moved us to the suburbs of Houston, Texas, and we have been here ever since. In 2011, Tony proposed to Veasna, and in 2014 we were married back in California in front of both our families. In 2015, we adopted our beautiful Amia, and life has been incredible ever since. Our daughter has changed us in ways we didn’t know possible, and we can’t wait to see what she is going to do as a big sister.
We live in a large three bedroom, two bathroom house in a suburb about thirty miles outside of Houston. We have three cats who rule the house along with Amia. We live on a huge corner directly across the street from Tony’s brother and his family, and at the end of our block is a huge playground where we take Amia to play. There are hundreds of miles of walking/biking trails throughout our city that lead to the store, to restaurants, or to one of the many schools that are scattered throughout our neighborhood. We are still Californians in our hearts, but having such great family and friends in the area really does make it easy for us to call this home.
Our Extended Family
Our families have very different backgrounds, but they have now combined into an incredible joint family. Veasna is a first generation American; both of his parents and some of his siblings we all being born in Cambodia. Currently, his three sisters and their families (all of them have kids!), all live in California.
Now that we live in Texas, we are surrounded by Tony’s family. Over the years, Tony’s entire immediate family has moved from California to Texas, so now we have Tony’s mom, brother, sister, dad, and stepmom all in one place.
Everyone in the family is different! We celebrate Chanukkah, Christmas, and Cambodian New Year; we have vegetarians and meat eaters; we were the original “modern family,” and nothing is ever any one-sided debate. We have been parents for three years now, and every day is a new adventure for us. We want to bring another baby into our family so he or she can be part of something amazing and something special. We want another child so we can have a sibling to a big sister, and a child that will be part of a family that is so different, so fun, and so full of love.
Our Adoption Story
In 2015, we decided we were ready to start trying to adopt. In July of that year, our profile went live, and the journey began. Two short months later, we received a call that a birthmother had found us and wanted to speak. We were, honestly, shocked. Not only could we not believe that it happened so fast, but we didn’t think we were ready! We spoke to our birthmother that day, then drove to San Antonio to meet her. Ten short days later, on September 20, we each held a hand of our birthmother as she pushed our newborn daughter into this world. It has been a magical journey, and we cannot wait to take it again.